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Outside from the Inside: The Prison Art of Marius Mason

September 12-November 4

Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 2019

Fifth Estate staff member Peter Werbe will bring greetings from Marius, singer/songwriter David Rovics will perform, and Leslie James Pickering from Buffalo’s Burning Books bookstore, former spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front from 1997 to 2002, will speak about Marius Mason and Earth Liberation.

About Marius:

Marius Mason is an anarchist, and environmental and animal rights activist serving a 22 year sentence for committing acts of environmental sabotage. Threatened with a life sentence in 2009, Marius pleaded guilty to arson charges at a Michigan State University lab researching genetically modified organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to 12 other acts of property damage. No one was harmed in these actions.

Marius came out as transgender in 2014. Previously known as “Marie Mason,” he changed his name, uses he/him pronouns, and embarked on a course seeking gender affirming surgery and hormone therapy. 

During his imprisonment, Marius has become an accomplished artist, painting themes reflecting his concern for the environment and social justice. Although working mostly in acrylics, when denied his favorite medium, he quickly improvised using only available elements such as deodorant, margarine, and toothpaste.

His work not only speaks to a passion for defending the planet and its inhabitants, but also his indomitable spirit to create images that reflect his love, his sadness, and support for what is be- ing lost. 


About Art in the Lobby

The Call for Art in the Lobby 2020 is currently open!

Proposals should be sent to jess@mainefilmcenter.org and must consist of the following:

  • Artist's full name, phone number, and email address.

  • 5 high-quality images (JPG preferred) of works proposed for exhibition.

  • Artist's statement, a brief biography, and a list of prior exhibitions (including dates) where the proposed work has been shown.

Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. We are committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

Each year, a Call to Artists will be open to artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales of works on display must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (mainefilmcenter.orgrailroadsquarecinema.com), Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

Images of all selected works will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole and may be used in all of Maine Film Center's marketing and communications. The Maine Film Center will host a reception for the artist at Railroad Square Cinema if the artist is interested.